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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
 
Word List #2

WORD MEANING
 
polemic a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something
 
emeritus having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honor
 
yank (short for yankee) slang for someone of American origin or heritage
 
pejorative expressing contempt or disapproval
 
gander look or glance at something (eg., take a gander at sth)
 
valiant showing courage or determination (eg., a valiant effort to do sth)
 
recuse to remove (oneself) from participation to avoid a conflict of interest
 
consigliere an adviser esp to a crime boss
 
hankering a strong desire to have or do something
 
crib copy (another person's work) illicitly or without acknowledgment
 
flummox perplex (someone) greatly; bewilder
 
ensconce establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place
 
ad hominem (of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining
 
vis-a-vis in relation to; with regard to
 
nascent (esp of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential
 
forage (of a person or animal) search widely for food or provisions
 
amble walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace
 
brook a small stream
 
compunction a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
 
vacuous having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
 
mete dispense or allot justice, a punishment, or harsh treatment
 
glower have an angry or sullen look on one's face; scowl
 
disseminate spread or disperse (something, esp information) widely
 
germane relevant to a subject under consideration
 
veritable used as an intensifier, often to qualify a metaphor
 

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